Some Public Business Remains in the Shadows

Bidness as Usual

This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.

For all of the public love politicians give to transparency these days, the state keeps a lot of information out of sight, or in places where it is really inconvenient to view.

Their personal financial statements, for instance, don’t have a specific online residence, and because of filing deadlines, are often way out of date. Lawmakers file the forms on paper. Anyone who wants to peek must visit the Texas Ethics Commission in Austin or send a request and wait by the ...

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